Hudson Valley Sports Report


Hopewell Resident Had Already Left Team To Be With Pregnant Wife

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

John Jay High School graduate and Hopewell Junction resident Joe Panik has been designated for assignment by the Miami Marlins.

Panik had already left the team earlier this week. He went on paternity leave to come back to New York to be with his wife, who is close to giving birth.

The Marlins made the move to free up space on the 40-man Major League roster, as Panik, a pending free agent after the season, was not expected back.

Panik burst on the scene midway through the 2014 season and helped San Francisco win a seven-game World Series over the Kansas City Royals, was an All-Star in 2015, and earned a Gold Glove in 2016.

By 2019, he was struggling mightily, however, and was designated for assignment. Three days later, he signed with the New York Mets and played the remainder of the season 90 miles from home.

In January of 2020, Panik signed with the Toronto Blue Jays as a free agent and appeared in the pandemic-shortened season.

But at age 30 this year, he was traded by the Blue Jays to the Marlins on June 29 after hitting .246 in 42 games. With the Marlins, he batted just .172 with a home run and seven RBIs.

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